Honkenya ficifolia Willd.
Common Name: Bolo Bolo
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Malcolm Manners
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Bolo bolo is an erect, multi-branched shrub growing from 0.8 - 3 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild, and also sometimes cultivated, for its fibre, which is used locally[
]. A very showy plant with beautiful purple flowers, it is well worthy of cultivation[
Tropical Africa - Senegal to Sudan, south to Angola and Mozambique.
Swampy grassland, marshy places, stream-banks, valleys, fallow rice fields; forest fringes, thickets on margins of damp depressions; at elevations of 1,100 - 1,200 metres[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
The stems are a source of a valuable fibre that resembles jute (Corchorus spp.)[
]. Used for sacks[
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